The Worldview Crisis of Journalism

Cranach | 2/21/2019 | Staff
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Journalism is in a bad way right now. Information technology is putting hard-copy news papers out of business, the public’s trust in the news media is dropping, and reporters’ political bias is manifesting itself in “fake news.” People are increasingly getting their news from the internet for free, but the online websites are getting the news they display from the financially-troubled newspapers.

My friend and former colleague, both at World Magazine and at Patrick Henry College, Les Sillars is a journalism professor and long-time Christian reporter. He has written a piece for First Things that discusses what has happened to journalism. He covers the profession’s problems with economics, technology, and politics. But the deepest issue, he says, is worldview.

Modernist - Journalism - Projects - Objectivity

“Modernist” journalism projects an objectivity that it does not really attain. But it thinks it does.

Read the whole article. Here is a sample. From Les Sillars, The Future of News:

Century - American - Journalism - Paradigm - Industry

For about a century, American journalism had a paradigm that positioned the industry as essential to liberal democracy: journalistic objectivity. It promised objective, reliable coverage of events that mattered to citizens regardless of partisan beliefs, and it was supported by a lucrative, ad-driven business model. The upshot was significant cultural authority and massive profits.

That paradigm is now a smoking ruin. The percentage of Americans who say they trust the news media has plummeted forty points in forty years. At the same time, newspapers and magazines are struggling to survive in the Internet age, when news sources have proliferated and ad money flows to new platforms.

Issue - Journalists - Ideals - Industry - Woes

The issue, however, is not only that journalists are failing to meet professional ideals or that the industry suffers financial woes. The collapse of the old model is due to internal inconsistencies that corrupted what should be—what can be—a profoundly noble calling: to see the world clearly and help others...
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Why do democrats never have to face the reality of what's on the ground, like 2000 years of marriage.
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